A Level Physics A (H556)
Following an Ofqual consultation, we have made changes to our A Level Physics qualifications.
The changes are designed to reduce the pressure on teachers and students in the 2021/22 academic year, and to safeguard against ongoing public health concerns.
Overview of changes for A Level Sciences
- All written examinations remain the same.
- Advance information will be provided about the content of the A Level written examinations.
- 15% of the marks on the written examinations will still test practical skills as outlined in Module 1.1 of the specification, including apparatus and techniques covered through the course of the Practical Endorsement.
- For the Practical Endorsement, the requirement to complete a minimum of 12 practical activities is removed, but students will still need to complete enough practical activities for them to routinely and consistently cover the Common Practical Assessment Criteria (CPAC) and 1.2.1 criteria in the specifications. You should also aim to cover all of the 1.2.2 apparatus and techniques, though students can still receive a pass if they have covered the majority of these.
- Exam boards can carry out remote Practical Endorsement monitoring visits.
Please read in more detail about the changes for 2022 for AS and A Level Physics here.
AS Level Physics A (H156)
- For students who are on an AS only pathway, if they cannot carry out practical science work, they can observe a demonstration and/or simulation carried out by a teacher or remotely (for example by watching a demonstration online or a video).
- Students who are completing an AS Level as the first year of the two-year A Level course are currently still expected to meet the full A Level Practical Endorsement requirements before examinations in June 2022.
- A minimum of 15% of the marks in the written examinations will still cover indirect assessment of practical skills.